Dr. Rosalia (Lia) Sciortino Sumaryono
Founder and Executive Director
A cultural anthropologist and development sociologist by training, Dr Sciortino earned her doctorate at the Vrije Universities, Amsterdam with honors. Currently, she is Associate Professor at the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University and Visiting Professor at the Master in International Development Studies (MAIDS), Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
Most recently, Dr. Sciortino was IDRC Regional Director for Southeast and East Asia in Singapore (2010-2014), Senior Adviser to the Australian Agency for International Development in Indonesia (2009-2010), and Regional Director for Asia of the Rockefeller Foundation (2000-2007) establishing during her tenure the Foundation’s Southeast Asia Office in Bangkok. Prior to that, she was program officer Gender, Human Development and Reproductive Health at the Indonesia and Philippines offices of the Ford Foundation from 1993 to 2000.
Dr. Sciortino has acted as a consultant for international and regional organizations, as an adviser for non-profit organizations, and as a visiting professor at various Southeast Asian and Dutch universities. She has published widely on development issues in Southeast Asia, in particular gender, social health, migration and regional integration in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and ASEAN. A native of Palermo, Italy, she fluently speaks Italian, Dutch, English and Indonesian.